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Brazil initiates probe against Google
October 12, 2013, 5:13 am

The European Union had brought similar charges against Google earlier  [Getty Images]

The European Union had brought similar charges against Google earlier [Getty Images]

Brazil on Friday said it is probing whether global search giant Google broke anti-trust laws and was involved in alleged anticompetitive practices in the country.

The European Union had brought similar charges against Google earlier.

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) opened formal proceedings against both Google and its local unit on Friday.

Brazilian sites Buscapé and Bondfardo and global software giant Microsoft have accused Google of unfairly using their content, making it difficult for advertisers to use multiple-ad platforms and favouring its own product listings in search results, said Brazilian antitrust watchdog Cade.

According to a survey conducted last month by Experian Hitwise, Google is the most used search engine in Brazil in August, registering a 89.33 per cent stake.

Facebook and Google are already under the scanner in Brazil as authorities are investigating whether they cooperated with the US Intelligence agency NSA by sharing the private data of Brazilian users.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pushed new legislation that would force major Internet companies to store locally gathered data inside Brazil.

Rousseff had strongly criticized the US for its alleged disregard to international laws in its intelligence operations and had cancelled a trip to Washington saying she was yet to receive answers from President Obama.

“The United States and its allies must immediately stop their spying activity once and for all,” Rousseff tweeted recently.

Google is still battling a three year old EU probe into its search operations. The EU said in September this year that it will adopt a statement of objections against Google if the search giant fails to address its concerns.

With inputs from Agencies

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